DEATH: SABC presenter, Leanne Manas, remembers late colleague, Mr Sharp Sharp Vuyo Mbali, as she receives French National Order of Merit Award KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

DEATH: SABC presenter, Leanne Manas, remembers late colleague, Mr Sharp Sharp Vuyo Mbali, as she receives French National Order of Merit Award

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Leanne Manas has remembered her late talented colleague, Vuyo Mbali, after receiving the French National Order of Merit Award. (Read More Here).

Taking to her Twitter page, she said that Vuyo would have been happy to see her win the award and he would have end up being proud of her. 

She wrote: "You would’ve been very proud my friend. 9 years today and I still miss you so much 🙏🇿🇦." 

The French embassy honours SABC Morning Live Presenter Leanne Manas for her longstanding service to the media industry.

Manas was bestowed with the Knight of the French National Order Merit for her contribution to journalism, media and various important charitable causes.

The honour was handed over during a ceremony at the French Embassy in Pretoria, on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron

An award like that is given for a lifetime of been known for charity work. She is involved with various charities some of them are the Nelson Mandela foundation for girls. It's similar to the gift of the givers.

The French National Order of Merit has been in existence since 1963 and recognises services and contributions rendered to France.

Previous South African recipients include Aspen CEO, Stephen Saad, and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund CEO, Sibongile Mkhabela.

Previous reports that Mbuli suffered a heart attack were untrue, family spokeswoman Rowena Baird told the SABC.

“His blood had clotted and he had two relatively large clots,” she told the broadcaster. 

“The clots tend to move around the body, and they moved to his chest, hence he complained of chest pains.”

Mbuli, 46, collapsed while watching the Cheetahs' 27-13 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

He was treated on the scene before being taken to the Mediclinic hospital in Bloemfontein, where he died. - Sapa

Biography of Vuyo Mbali:

Mbuli worked for state broadcaster SABC and made his television debut in 1993 for TopSport Surplus (to become SABC 3) as a continuity presenter, and worked his way up to sports presenting and news anchor. He worked on Morning Live on SABC 2 since its inception on 1 November 1999.

Mbuli died of pulmonary embolism while watching a rugby game at the Free State Stadium, aged 46. More than one thousand people including dignitaries and celebrities attended his funeral service. Vuyo Mbali's popular words: "Eita daar Leanne Manas, o bosso wena! Mintirho ya Vulavula! Sharp sharp."

Yusuf Abramjee wrote: "Congratulations to @LeanneManas - Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite - Award presented to her by the French Govt. Well deserved. @FranceJoburg @FrenchEmbassyZA."

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